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ABOUT US

PASSION. EXPERIENCE. DILIGENCE.

PROBLEM SOLVERS, CREATING SOLUTIONS FOR CLIENTS

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC was formed to help you turn your great ideas into protected assets. All of our attorneys have spent time both in the business sector and in the legal sector. This type of experience is unique in the legal services industry.

Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC is here to provide business solutions and not more problems. We have been in business and understand the immense impact of legal issues and disputes. This is why we focus our efforts on solving problems. It is no fun involving an attorney, so we strive to provide pragmatic out-of-the-box solutions.

We offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

 

HISTORY OF FARGO PATENT & BUSINESS LAW, PLLC.

Tom Kading founded the law firm because he believed attorneys should have experience both in business and law. Especially attorneys who advise businesses on how to solve problems. We have worked hard to lay a strong foundation for innovative businesses. Our core focus is protecting intellectual property for our client’s success.

Tom Kading

Tom Kading

PATENT ATTORNEY

Tom Kading has been involved in the entrepreneurial community in the North Dakota-Minnesota area for nearly ten years. At heart, Kading is an entrepreneur participating in many successful start-up ventures.

Kading has been involved in numerous legal transactions and resolutions. He found that many attorneys struggle to bridge the gap between the needs of business and the advice attorneys provide.  

When Kading sold his business interests, he was inspired to start a law firm that offered valuable solutions for inventors, investors, and entrepreneurs.  

With an extensive list of subject matter experience, Tom Kading alongside his team at Fargo Patent & Business Law, PLLC, are here to help you navigate every step of the process.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2013
Masters in Business Administration, 2013

NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.S., Civil Engineering

EXPERIENCE
  • Business Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Construction Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Structure Planning
  • Client Fund Oversight
  • Technology Applications
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Engineering Review
  • Investor Management
  • Strategy Determination
  • In-House Counsel for an investment business
  • In-House Counsel for an industrial processing business
  • Served on Board of Trustees for a Real Estate Investment Trust
  • North Dakota District 45 State Representative, Fargo, ND
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Activities & Affiliations
  • ND State Representative District 45 (2014-Current)
  • Be More Colorful Advisory Board
  • NDSU Research Foudnation Technology Committee Meeting
  • QR Posts Member
  • Salem Church Member

Joseph A. Wetch, Jr. is a problem solver and trial lawyer, who has been active in helping clients with their disputes for over twenty years, and has enjoyed great success during this time. He has experience helping people in difficult situations, both in and out of court. Joseph represents clients in all state and federal courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  He has also represented clients in arbitrations, mediations and before administrative agencies. He possesses an exceptional ability to evaluate problems from both a strategic legal and business perspective to bring pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues.  His vision is to find the best solution for the client given the circumstances, and by collaborating with stakeholders, he can bring about cost-effective results.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2001

University of North Dakota
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Administrative Actions
  • Arbitrations
  • Aviation Law and Transaction
  • Business Law
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial litigation including such things as contracts, trade secrets, non-compete clauses, non-disclosure agreements, banking litigation, oil and gas claims, mineral interests claims
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Professional Disciplinary Action Defenses
  • Profession Negligence Defense and Administrative Claims
  • School and Education Law, including such things as advising school districts, teachers and parents on issues surrounding education, policy creation, court appearances, enforcement or school and district rights, legal and administrative claims, and custody and parental rights claims
  • Subrogation Claims, meaning the enforcement of rights of a third-party
  • Third-Party Claims
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States District Court of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Activities & Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (Restatement of Laws)
  • State Bar Associated of North Dakota – President 2015 – 2016
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Aviation and Space Committee of the American Bar Association
Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Litigation Attorney

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Joseph a. Wetch, JR.

Litigation Attorney

Joseph A. Wetch, Jr. is a problem solver and trial lawyer, who has been active in helping clients with their disputes for over twenty years, and has enjoyed great success during this time. He has experience helping people in difficult situations, both in and out of court. Joseph represents clients in all state and federal courts in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.  He has also represented clients in arbitrations, mediations and before administrative agencies. He possesses an exceptional ability to evaluate problems from both a strategic legal and business perspective to bring pragmatic solutions to complex legal issues.  His vision is to find the best solution for the client given the circumstances, and by collaborating with stakeholders, he can bring about cost-effective results.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA
Juris Doctor, 2013

University of North Dakota
B. A., Political Science

Experience
  • Administrative Actions
  • Arbitrations
  • Aviation Law and Transaction
  • Business Law
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial litigation including such things as contracts, trade secrets, non-compete clauses, non-disclosure agreements, banking litigation, oil and gas claims, mineral interests claims
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Professional Disciplinary Action Defenses
  • Profession Negligence Defense and Administrative Claims
  • School and Education Law, including such things as advising school districts, teachers and parents on issues surrounding education, policy creation, court appearances, enforcement or school and district rights, legal and administrative claims, and custody and parental rights claims
  • Subrogation Claims, meaning the enforcement of rights of a third-party
  • Third-Party Claims
Bar Admissions
  • North Dakota State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • United States District Court of North Dakota
  • United States District Court of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Activities & Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (Restatement of Laws)
  • State Bar Associated of North Dakota – President 2015 – 2016
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Lawyer-Pilot Bar Association
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Aviation and Space Committee of the American Bar Association
MONA BETH DIRKS

MONA BETH DIRKS

PARALEGAL

OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Beth has lived in the Fargo area for 14 years, having spent the last 8 years working at Concordia College where she held various positions. Moving within the organization helped Beth hone many skills that serve her well at Fargo Patent & Business Law.

Her focus is on attention to detail, standardizing procedures, customer service and helping the office run smoothly.

Beth is happy to be at FPL and looks forward to assisting the FPL team and our clients.

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MILWAUKEE
B.A., HISTORY 

EXPERIENCE

Insurance, Securities 6 and 63 licensure, office administration, legal documentation and processing.

ACTIVITIES & AFFILIATIONS
  • Biblical Hebrew studies
  • Amateur Artist & Photographer
  • Northview Church, Member